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Nutrition

Nutrition pays many important roles in our bodies.  We must give our bodies the proper fuel it requires to run smoothly.

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ChooseMyPlate serves as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. The MyPlate icon (shown above) emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.

Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl.  Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories.

Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt.  Many people eat foods with too much solid fats, added sugars, and salt (sodium).  Added sugars and fats load foods with extra calories you don't need.

Eat the right amount of calories for you.  Everyone has a personal calorie limit.  Staying within yours can help you get to or maintain a healthy weight.  People who are successful at managing their weight have found ways to keep track of how much they eat in a day, even if they don't count every calorie.

To find a plan that's right for you, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

Here are a few quick tips to eating better:

  • Eat more nutrient rich foods, this includes less processed, more fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and nuts.
  • Plan out grocery trips, make lists and stick to them.
  • Read nutrition labels and ingredients.  Can you pronounce all of the ingredients?  Do you know what they are?  How many servings come in a package?
  • Try incorporating new fruits and vegetables into your recipes.
  • Modify traditional recipes using Ingredient Substitutions 
  • Buy frozen fruits and vegetables to keep in the freezer.
  • Keep fresh produce or nuts handy to snack on instead of less nutritious choices.
  • Make water your first beverage choice.
  • Prepare meals at home often, reduce eating out.